Morning ritual ideas for the lockdown period

Morning rituals can definitely catapult your life to another level. Especially during this lockdown period. The three benefits of forming a morning ritual are

  1. It gives you a purpose to wake up in the morning.
  2. Clarity of thoughts
  3. Sense of achievement over a period of time.

It is very important to understand what is the difference between a ritual and a routine. Routine is the set of activities you choose to do every day in the same or different order. Whereas when the same activity is done repeatedly for a larger good and with a bigger purpose it becomes a ritual.

Morning Ritual

We all have different purposes in life. Our vision and our missions in life will play an important role in deciding on our rituals. What do we want at the end of our lockdown period?
What is it that we have been procrastinating for long for the want of time?

When you get closer to these answers, you have to work upon your goals.

Jotting down long term and short term goals is an effective way to achieve them. You may also spend some time visualizing the end of lockdown and picturizing yourself at that moment. You may become thin or you may add on those stubborn pounds to yourself. The choice is left to you.

Here is a list of some morning rituals you may want to choose from depending upon your goals.

  1. Waking up to journal writing/goal setting: This theory involves setting up your goals as the first thing in the morning. With this, you run the day and not vice versa
  2. Doing something that you love – Exercising, meditating, watering the plants, going for a jog, prayers, music, dance or some reading. Here are some of our blog posts that you might like
  3. Expression of Gratitude- Practising gratitude definitely keeps your mind calm and you are ready to take on the world by your side. As you know that you are blessed to have one more day in your life.

Remember, you can practice these morning rituals every day, every single morning. But in case you slip off, on any day, don’t feel bad. Pick up yourself and start moving on.

You can add more structured plan to this. I can’t stay in the four squares all the time and so I keep it a little easy going for me.

Hope you find the post useful. Stay safe and indoors.

15 Things To Do In Isolation – Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus or Covid19 has been wrecking havoc across the world. Tomorrow India is getting tested for one day of isolation. Here are 15 things you can do in isolation.

Man is a social animal but as they say turn inside to reach the highest self. While it is difficult to do this in current age everyday, forced holidays, forced self isolation or work from home or workouts from home come like a boon. Inward journey is very difficult. As humans we have a tendency to fall for worldly pleasures and the world is too charming for us to avoid or ignore. Tomorrow is that ‘Janta Curfew’ day. Sailing through it won’t be easy but these are the few things/procrastinated activities since ages which I want to do tomorrow.

1. Start the day with a thundering workout. I start the regime today.2. Go to the terrace and watch the sun rise through the coconut trees. Surya namaskars if time permits. Plant my jasmine/malli to a big pot.Water the plant
3. Press fresh orange juice for my little one.
4. Pet caramel and let her enjoy the sun bask through the balcony. Play with her and get loved.
5. Clean that unorganized clutter of my house. Dust and now it is must. Dusting necessarily doesn’t mean the furniture but sitting and giving whiff to those memories good or bad.
6. Read that unread book or probably the last few pages which were left for day like such.
7. Let my daughter an outline and let her paint her heart out.
8. Get that one must know recipe to my husband. Else when should I hand down my recipe.
9. Turn the music on and listen to old songs. Gazab ka hai din socho zara..hum hai akele..tum bhi akele..majja aaraha hai..kasam se.
10. Sundays are for learning a new kolam and thus, setting time for one such beautiful kolam to give that kickstart to that Sunday.
11. Hand wash the clothes which have piled up for they want a gentle wash.
12. Line them up and take a audit check of what is necessary and what is not.
13. Do a similar check at the kitchen pantry and give a little twist to the arrangement of furniture. Summer is on!
14. Watch that special movie and nap off there and then.
15. Most importantly pray God for the entire humanity. Teach my daughter a shloka .
That is quiet a handful day. #coronavirus #covid19

5 Smart Snacks For Weight loss

Snacking is the most difficult part when you are losing weight. Smart Snacks are the way to go. 🙂

Weight loss series is quite popular with our readers. Thank you for being inquisitive and keeping in touch with us while you are working on your transformation. This post is just to guide you through some difficult times when it comes to weight loss.

What is Snacking?

Snacking is to eat something before couple of hours of your main meal. Sometimes, it can be just a fruit or a protein bar, or some nuts. But would you lose weight with snacking? Well, the answer is yes and no. For getting real weight loss results you must snack smart.

What is smart snacking?

In the world full of sugary and high carbs snacks, it is always important to know the nutritional value of your snack. Remember, snack is just to fill the time gap before the meal and does not have to be loaded with sugar or carbs. If snacks are nutritionally empty, then you are at a risk of putting on weight. Because as we have stated in our earlier post, weight loss is just calories in and calories out.

Check out here:

Losing Weight As Beginner

So, we have decided to give you a quick guide of low-calorie snacks which you can try. These Smart snacks are easy to carry everywhere and have loads of nutritional benefits.

  • Fruits : Fruits are a great source of energy. Loaded with flavours and nutrients, snacking on fruit is the best way for weight loss. Hyperlocal fruits which are readily available in the market and seasonal fruits should be on the top of the snack list.
    • The quantity of fruits below 100 calories
      • 1 Apple
      • 12 orange slices
      • 1 Banana
      • ½ Mango
      • 1 Guava
      • 30 Grapes
      • 2 cups of watermelon diced
    • Nuts: Nuts are a great source of energy and they are quite filling. My favorite Smart snack is ground nuts. But if you are keen on weight loss, you can not indulge in having too many nuts. Here is how you should snack on nuts.
      • The Quantity of Nuts below 100 calories
        • 8 walnut halves
        • 10 cashews
        • 13 almonds
        • 17 peanuts
        • 13 almonds
        • 30 pistachios

5 Smart Snacks for Weight Loss

The best part about snacking on nuts is that you need not eyeball the   quantity. You can actually count them.

  • Trail Mixes: This snack is my favourite. You can get any type of nuts and seeds, dry roast them and mix them for the snacking time. Keeping them in airtight jar helps maintain the crispy texture. See to that you have just a little.
  • Popgrains – Our good old pop corn is still good to snack while on weightloss but we can also pop grains like Bajra and other millets the way we pop corns. What you get? You get amazing benefit of the grain.
  • Yogurt – I am not a very big fan of store brought yogurts but if you are then it can serve as a great snack option. If you have sweet tooth, then this is the go-to snack option.

Let us know if you have any new snack that will help your weight loss journey. We are all ears.. 😊

Lose Weight With Intermittent Fasting

Lose Weight With Intermittent Fasting

It has been a while that Intermittent fasting has been on the block and many trainers, nutritionists and dietitians across the globe are going gaga over it. They say if you want to lose weight do Intermittent Fasting.

Intermittent fasting is a simple method of abstaining from food after sunset. You might ask what is new in that, we do not eat after sunset at all, well if that is the case ” Good for you”. But in these days of Netflix, Amazon Prime and other related distractions, it is difficult to wind up your day before 11.00 pm. Wouldn’t you be hungry if you sleep at 11.00 pm and eat around 6.00 pm? Thus,starts the episode of binge eating and eating more than what your body actually requires.

When there is binge eating, the satiety signal which your body gives your brain gets dissolved in the exciting part of the Netflix original or any TV Serial, and we don’t feel full, hence overeat.

Important aspects which we need to look into while doing intermittent fasting to lose weight.

Intermittent Fasting

Circadian Clock:

Human body is a wonder. It has a biochemical oscillator which synchronizes with TIME. This circadian rhythm helps to determine our sleep pattern and controls the production of Melatonin – sleep hormone. As per circadian rhythm, we all should slow down around sun set, dim the lights around 8.00 and sleep by 9.00 approximately. Body starts producing Melatonin around 7.00 pm and we keep working past that time, interrupting the nature of the body, confuses the body, hence most of us do not get proper sleep. Improper sleep leads to hunger pangs and we tend to lead ourselves to the refrigerator in search of food late night hampering the weight loss. Intermittent Fasting is nothing but honoring our circadian or biological clock and eating well before sunset ( yes, it has a twist for our convenience too)

Type of Intermittent Fasts:

There are many type of fasts, namely 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating window where you can either skip breakfast or skip dinner, 14 hours of fasting and 10 hours of eating window. The good part about Intermittent fasting is that it is flexible. Adjusting it around your most hungry time and following it is the key for weight loss. There are many other types of IF too, like OMAD ( One meal a day) or fasting 2 days in a row etc. But I personally feel that those types are for advance fasting practitioners. If we need to get the hang of Intermittent fasting, the first thing needs to be done is to know which are the timings that you are hungry. So getting in touch with body requirements is the foremost important aspect of IF.

How it helps Weight Loss:

  • Your food intake gets a window with IF. That means that meals and snacks are to be eaten at a specific time which naturally reduces the amount of food you consume, thus creating a calorie deficit much required for the weight loss.
  • The insulin spike when we have food is reduced and hence the blood sugar is managed well. Decreased insulin level may help fat burning thus aiding the weight loss
  • It is also said that IF helps retain the muscle mass, which is not the case with only calories restricted diet.

There are umpteen theories, before and after pictures on various platforms in favor of intermittent fasting to lose weight but before going there we should check out what our ancestors say? Fasting has been there for many generations in all religions which mainly tells you to get in touch with your body and know whether you truly need that much food?

They say ” Fasting of the body is the food for soul”. Well, here is to some soul searching… 🙂

Here are some facts of intermittent fasting

Intermittent Fasting Facts

Sant Smaran Program Details You Would Not Like To Miss….

Sant Smaran Program Details You Would Not Like To Miss….

What is “Sant Smaran” program? 

The “Sant Smaran” program which takes place annually at Maharashtra Mandal, Chennai was initiated by Mrs. Mayatai Joshi in the year 1988. It is also great to know that she contributed a certain amount to the Mandal so that the program doesn’t stop due to the want of funds. Sant Smaran literally means remembering all the saints. This can be best done by singing the Abhanga, Bharuda, and other devotional songs written by them. Thus, this program holds its importance in the light of “Ashadhi Ekadashi” Ashadhi Ekadashi is an annual festival celebrated in Maharashtra. It is believed that Lord Vishnu enters his state of Yoga Nidra on this day every year. Numerous Vitthal Devotees walk their way from far away to Pandharpur to get the divine glimpse of their dearest Lord. Vari, as it is called, can be a 

separate blog in itself. 

Know more about Bhaktidhara Group! 

This year also Maharashtra Mandal, Chennai celebrated “Sant Smaran” with great enthusiasm and fervor.” Bhaktidhara group” with its experienced and expert singers like Ms. Lata Karnad Rao, Ms. Uma Sheshashayee, Mrs. Kalpana Rao, Ms. Shraddha Thatte, Ms. Surekha Palekar, Mrs. Meghna Dandekar, Mrs. Snehalata Datar, and many others has been very instrumental in continuing the rich tradition of this Sant Smaran program since the year 1988. The seed of this 30-year-old group was sown by Mrs. Mayatai Joshi not knowing that the tree would grow up so wide and would accommodate many new people like Snehal and me. We, the 5 am mommies, joined this group and have learned a lot about music and devotion since then. We take this opportunity to thank everyone in this group who made us feel at home. 

Have a look at the program through my eyes! 

It was one such Sunday and we rushed to the Mandal with the enthusiasm of a small child. After all, this was one of the most awaited functions. Mrs. Joshi( Daughter-in-law) of Late Mayatai Joshi was offering garlands to the various saints. The photos of the various prominent saints like Sant Tukaram, Saint Dyaneshwar, Sant Namdeo, Sant Ramdas Swami, Saint Eknath Maharaj were beautifully decorated with flowers and amidst the arrangement stood the “Vithu Mauli” with its own grace. 

People from all over Chennai started coming for the program and after the mic testing, the program started with a small address from Secretary of Mandal, Mr. Ashutosh Apte. Lata Maushi started the anchoring and Bhaktidhara group sang “Ekdantam Umasutam” to invoke Lord Ganesha. The song was followed by an Abhang “Vitthal Geeti Gava, Vitthal Chitti Dhyava” which literally means we should always sing Vithhal songs and meditate on HIM. 

This year also marks the birth centenary of three stalwarts of Maharashtra namely 

Pu.La.Deshpande, Sudhir Phadke and G.D. Madgulkar. We celebrated the same in Chennai by singing the songs by these legends. “Utha Pandharicha Raja” by Devraj Patil won great applause from the audience. It literally created an atmosphere where the devotees are waking their God up. This was followed by “Nijrup Dakhava Ho” song from the movie “Zala Mahar Pandharinath” by Joshi Sisters. Any such celebration is incomplete without the famous “Majhe Maher Pandhari” song by Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. Mr. Pravin Vaidya with his deep devotion wonderfully justified the Abhang and took us down to the memories of Pt.Ji songs. Lata Maushi in her melodious voice rendered “Indrayani Kathi” song. It was surreal as we almost reached Alandi-the Samadhi place of Sant Dynaneshwar by listening to the song. 

It is magical to see the younger generation understand this culture and little Ikshika and Purav Sarode mesmerized us with “Hari Alla Rey”. Chokhamela and his abhang “Abir Gulal” is etched in our memories from years together. Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki has sung this song and Snehal Sham dared to attempt it. We could visualize the flare of Abir, Gulal(black and pink colors) being played by Lord Vitthal in the hall. 

A man with several hats, Ajit Joshi, showed us the picture of Lord Vitthala in his “Roope Sunder Savala Gey Maye” song. He was excellent at his play with Tabla. Shraddha Thatte, a Radio Jockey and a professional singer, gave the entire program a different shade by singing “RhunuZunu RhunuZunu Rey Bhramara”. This song is originally sung by Latadidi. She along with Lata Maushi made her mark in our hearts by singing “Kanada Raja Pandharicha” meticulously. Bhaktidhara group sang “Pandharisi Chalala Vaishnavancha Mela” and “Vithu Mauli Tu”

Mrs. Dandekar took over the stage and extemporaneously sang abhang “Teerth Vitthal” with great devotion and brilliance of a pro. The star of the entire program, of course, was Babu Sir. He accompanied us for all the songs on the harmonium mellifluously. His play of music was euphonious and soothing. Each Swara was hit directly from his heart and yes it reached the heart of every other person seated in the hall. Bhairavi,” Jani Namyachi Rangali Kirtani” summed up the entire program. Vitthal Arti was carried by Manju Joshi and Mrs. Joshi. 

We thank each and everyone who attended the event. Our warm regards to all the elders at the event and love for all others. We appreciate the efforts of our mike and sound system organizer Mr. Limaye. Let us meet next time for the same event. Till then, “Amcha Ram Ram Ghyava”. 

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